Deirdre Mullins

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Deirdre Mullins
EducationTrinity College Dublin
University of St Andrews (BA)
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Years active2009–present

Deirdre Mullins is an Irish actor, director and activist. In 2017, she won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Actress in Film for her role in The Dark Mile.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Dublin, Mullins grew up in Stoneybatter on the city's Northside. Her family moved to the suburb Howth when she was 10.[2] She was head girl at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Clontarf. She began her studies in Drama and Theatre at Trinity College Dublin. She then transferred to the University of St Andrews where she studied Anthropology and later graduated with a degree in English Literature in 2006. She participated in the Trinity Players and the St Andrews Mermaids. She went on to train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School from 2006 to 2008 before moving to London.[3]


Mullins starred as Naomi in the Channel 4 series Man Down.[4] Her theatre work includes playing Rosalind in As You Like It at Shakespeare's Globe,[5][6][7] Lika in Marina Carr's 16 Possible Glimpses at the Abbey Theatre,[8] and Jessie Taite in Seán O'Casey's The Silver Tassie at the National Theatre.[9]

Mullins' directing debut, a production of Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, was set in a hotel swimming pool and won her rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe 2006 including The Scotsman's top 5 shows to see at the Fringe.[10][11] It was in Time Out's top 3 shows at the Fringe;[12] giving it 5 stars, Rachel Halliburton said 'This is the kind of unexpected discovery that critics live for at Edinburgh'.[13] A decade later, Mullins directed her second show, an experimental new play by Bea Roberts, Infinity Pool, which won a Toast of the Fringe Award[14] at Plymouth Fringe Festival and went on to enjoy a place on The Guardian's list of recommended shows at the Edinburgh Fringe & International Festival 2016. The critic Lyn Gardner described it as 'painfully funny'.[15] Giving it 5 stars from The Stage, Stewart Pringle said it was 'utterly unique and exceptional in every way, it's a heart-breaking story of a stunted life, told with theatrical verve and palpable compassion'.[16] The play was short-listed for the highly prestigious Total Theatre Award.[17]

Mullins is a core committee member of ERA 50:50,[18] a campaign calling for equal representation of women on screen and stage. She made an impassioned speech about this when picking up her BAFTA (Scotland).[19][20]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Holy Water Kate Mulvey
2012 Comedown Newsreader 1
2013 Doghouse Julie Stepton Short film
2015 My Name Is Emily Emily's Mother
2016 Tank 432 Sarah Karlsson
2017 The Dark Mile Claire
2018 Ötzi & the Mystery of Time Helena
2019 Crime Lessons: The Muggening Chloe Short film
2020 The Christmas Ball Clare
TBA Mandrake Cathy Madden


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Ashes to Ashes Nurse 1 episode
2010 De Troon (The Throne) Joanna Episode: "Maak er maar een republiek van"
2010 Midsomer Murders Libby Morris Episode: "The Noble Art"
2011 Trivia Gráinne 4 episodes
2012 Whitechapel Heather Green 1 episode
2012 The Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story BBC Receptionist Television film
2013 Doctors Chrissie Welsh Episode: "Over a Barrel"
2013 Vikings Peasant Woman Episode: "A King's Ransom"
2013 Breathless Diana Fairfax Miniseries; 1 episode
2013 Man Down Naomi Main role (series 1)
2015 Inspector George Gently Valerie Cullen Episode: "Breath in the Air"
2015 The Frankenstein Chronicles Agnes Marlott 4 episodes
2016 Father Brown Bebe Fontaine Episode: "The Mask of the Demon"
2017 Will Anne Shakespeare 3 episodes
2018 The Romanoffs Natalie Burrows Episode: "The One That Holds Everything"
2019 Flack Janet Episode: "Calvin"
2020 Miss Scarlet and The Duke Tabitha Butler Episode: "The Woman in Red"
2021 The Drowning Kate 4 episodes
2021 Shadow and Bone Tante Heleen Upcoming

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Overkill's The Walking Dead Heather


Year Title Role Theatre Director
2008 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Viola Redgrave Theatre John Hartoch
2008 A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev (trans. Brian Friel) Lizaveta Tobacco Factory Theatre Sue Wilson
2009 Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare Mariana Thelma Holt Ltd/Theatre Royal, Plymouth Jamie Glover
2009 The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices Actor The Old Vic Alice Lacey
2011 Old Vic 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala Actor The Old Vic Alexander Ferris
2011 16 Possible Glimpses (world premiere) by Marina Carr Lika Abbey Theatre Wayne Jordan
2011 A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Helena Headlong Natalie Abrahami
2012 As You Like It by William Shakespeare Rosalind Shakespeare's Globe James Dacre
2013 The Man Who Pays The Piper by GB Stern Daryll Orange Tree Theatre Helen Leblique
2014 The Silver Tassie by Seán O'Casey Jessie Taite Lyttelton, National Theatre Howard Davies



Year Title Role Channel Notes
2009 Cavity Jemma BBC Radio 4 dir Alison Crawford
2009 The Lake Reader BBC Radio 4 dir Sarah Blunt
2011 Positive Tess BBC Radio 4 dir Sara Davies
2017 The Cold God of Bad Luck by Colin Barrett Reader BBC Radio 4 prod Duncan Minshull
2019 The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien Martha BBC Radio 4 dir Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole
2020 For the Love of Leo Mary Grace BBC Radio 4 dir Marilyn Imrie


Year Title Role Production company Notes
2015 The Confessions of Dorian Gray Scarlet Moore Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2015 Dracula Mina Harker Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2016 Doctor Who – "The Very Dark Thing" Admiral Effenish Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2016 Charlotte Pollard Naomi Big Finish Productions dir Nicholas Briggs
2017 The Prisoner S2 Number 2 Big Finish Productions dir Nicholas Briggs
2017 Hamlet Ophelia Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2017 Doctor Who – "The War Master" Osen Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2018 Cicero Vitellia Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock (nominated for Best Audio Drama 2018 Audie Awards)[21]
2018 Class – "Gifted" Mab Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2019 Doctor Who – "Feast of Fear" The Spae Wife Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2019 Torchwood – "Serenity" Kelly Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2020 Doctor Who – "The Headless Ones" Amanda Latimer Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock
2020 Dracula's War Mina Harker Big Finish Productions dir Scott Handcock


  1. ^ BAFTA Scotland website
  2. ^ Battersby, Eileen (3 August 2012). "'It was the one part I would dream about'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  3. ^ List of graduates from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School since 1984 Archived 8 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Interview with Greg Davies about playing Naomi in Man Down
  5. ^ Interview in Irish Independent about As You Like It
  6. ^ Interview in Irish Examiner about As You Like It
  7. ^ As You Like It on Shakespeare's Globe website
  8. ^ "16 Possible Glimpses info, pics, trailer on the Abbey Theatre website". Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  9. ^ Profile on the National Theatre website Archived 12 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "British Theatre Guide's 5 Star review of Metamorphoses". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  11. ^ Edinburgh Guide review of Metamorphoses
  12. ^ Time Out's Fringe Favourites 2006
  13. ^ Rachel Halliburton's review of Metamorphoses for Timeout[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ Plymouth Fringe website
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ [2]
  17. ^ [3]
  18. ^ ERA 50:50 website
  19. ^ BAFTA speech about ERA 50:50[non-primary source needed]
  20. ^ Interview in The Guardian about the ERA 50:50 campaign
  21. ^ "Audie Award website". Archived from the original on 10 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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